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Reading Baseball: Baseball Too Slow and Boring: Try Softball Rules

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If baseball really wants to shorten games, perhaps it should consider adopting other softball rules. Softball games, for example, are usually played in six innings, so reducing a baseball game from nine to six innings would, on average, shorten a baseball game by one hour and eliminate the need to stop serving beer after the seventh inning.

SIU signs two court-ready recruits

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“We haven’t had a guy in our program for a long time — a true center — who can play with his back to the basket, defend and score,” Hinson said. “We think Kavion’s upside is incredible.”

Legislators visit Autism Center at SIU

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Dustin Duncan
Weekend Times


Republican legislators Rep. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro, Sen. Paul Schimpf, R- Waterloo, and Sen. Dale Fowler, R-Harrisburg, made a trip Monday to the Autism Center at SIU to see what could be done to maintain levels of funding in order for the center to continue its work. 

Stephanie Brown, director of the Autism Society of Southern Illinois, greeted the legislators and gave them a quick glimpse as to what having the center in Carbondale means to families in the Southern Illinois region. 

She said the next option outside of SIU is in Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis, where there is currently a six-month waiting list to receive services.

  Additionally, she said the earlier children with autism receive services, the better off they will be, and the fact there is a center in Carbondale means there is a family support nearby to help through tough times. 

Carbondale shooting suspect arrested in Arkansas

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Jarrell Pullen, 22, was arrested by U.S. State Marshals and the Craighead County Sheriff’s Department. He was arrested on a warrant issued by the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s office charging him with first-degree murder.

Murphysboro man indicted for first-degree murder

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On Wednesday, a Jackson County Grand Jury returned a superseding indictment including Cortez Turner, 28, of Murphysboro, in the indictment previously charging Juwan Jackson, 26, of Murphysboro, in connection with a shooting on Oct. 24 resulting in the death of Rogers.

Rainbow Cafe fundraiser planned for Sept. 17 at Co-op

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The Rainbow Café and Neighborhood Co-op Grocery will team up to raise funds for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) youth in the area with a fundraiser car wash from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 in the Co-op parking lot. The Rainbow Café serves as a social and support group for high school-age GLBT youth in Southern Illinois. The organization welcomes those youth who are questioning their orientation and youth members' heterosexual friends.

Ribbon cutting planned for Sept. 16 at Mayer Networks

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The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce will cut a ribbon for Mayer Networks at an event from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. Included in the day’s events will be food, drinks, a bounce house for kids and a dunk tank. There also will be raffles for an HP TouchPad tablet, a free month of offsite backups, a free month of a client’s service level agreement and a 19-inch LCD monitor.

Look Up: Lunar lamentations

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A new fright fest showing in movie theaters, “Apollo 18,” shows what it says is the real reason Americans never returned to the Moon. This writer has yet to see the film, which opened last week, but the trailers tell the story: Astronauts land on the Moon, they find something else there, and it proceeds to terrorize their bodies. Shaky cameras capture the action. Of course, there was no Apollo 18 mission.

Study estimates SIU’s annual economic impact at $2.3 billion

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A new study released by SIU says the university contributes about $2.3 billion in economic activity to the Illinois economy each year. The study examines SIU’s annual, or short-term impact, long-term impact and overall impact on the Illinois economy. It also estimates the annual impact in 23 counties in Southern Illinois and nine counties in central Illinois for the period July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010.

Non-traditional students get acclimated to Carbondale

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After years of raising her four children in Chicagoland, Carla Childs is ready to make Carbondale her permanent home. A self-described “SIU stalker,” Childs said she is starting to reap the fruits of her laborious years in community college spent getting ready to transfer to her dream university. Since hearing about SIU and Carbondale from an SIU alum adviser at her community college years ago, she was waiting for the moment she and her children could call Carbondale home.

SEMO scuffle 'a little glimpse' at this year's Saluki football

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No. 17-ranked Southern Illinois was unstoppable by land and by air during a 38-10 win over Southeast Missouri State Saturday, Sept. 3 in the season opener for both schools. The Salukis (1-0) compiled 240 yards rushing and 254 yards passing, nearly doubling up the Redhawks (0-1) in total yardage. A year after SEMO rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit to stun SIU, 24-21, there was never any hint of an upset brewing in the hot, humid air of Houck Stadium. On the second play from scrimmage, Saluki tailback Steve Strother broke a 62-yard touchdown run down the right sideline. While Strother totaled 100 yards combined rushing and receiving, Iowa transfer Jewel Hampton was equally effective out of the Saluki backfield. Playing in his first game in more than a year because of a knee injury, Hampton pounded the ball between the tackles for 64 yards and three touchdowns. "I think we gave a little glimpse of the type of season we can have," SIU coach Dale Lennon said.

Area girls place at Illinois State Junior Horse Show

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A handful of local girls were among the winners in July at the 2011 Illinois State Junior Horse Show in Springfield. Candice Hill of Carbondale (third from left) won the pole bending championship for pony or horse (15- to 18-year-olds) and placed sixth in the barrel race. Virginia Smith of Murphysboro (fourth from left) won the English/Western trail class championship (15- to 18-year-olds). More than 500 participants from across the state competed this year.


Grant from lottery sales funds veterans’ services at SIU

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SIU will receive about $81,000 from the proceeds of scratch-off lottery ticket sales to help veterans at the university and in greater Carbondale. This is the fourth consecutive year SIU is receiving the grant, which comes from the Illinois Veterans’ Cash Grant program. The university has received $334,245 over four years to provide services for student veterans. The Veterans Cash Lottery, a $2 scratch-off lottery game started in February 2006, funds the program.

SIU Alumni Association announces organizational restructuring

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Organizational changes within the SIU Alumni Association will provide the unit with greater personnel flexibility and optimum use of resources. The restructuring plan has the approval of Chancellor Rita Cheng and the Association's Executive Committee. In addition, for the first time in many years, all SIU Alumni Association personnel will work from Colyer Hall, 1235 Douglas Drive, as the satellite office in the Student Center closed earlier this month as part of the fiscal initiative.


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